Frugal Gift Wrap Ideas

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I hate that gift wrap can often cost just as much as (or sometimes more than!) the gift itself. I cringe every time I actually have to buy something to put a gift in. Beyond the cost, the amount of waste that gift wrap creates is incredible- anybody else have 2 or 3 kitchen garbage bags of wrapping paper to throw out after its short-lived purpose was fulfilled?

For the past few years, we started looking for other ways to wrap our gifts. We stared finding free gift wrap all over the place by using recycled and/or reusable material. Here are some ideas for you to try!

1) Newspaper. Recycle your old newspaper and give some.. er…  charm to your packages. Really, I kind of like to see a bunch of newspaper stacked packages. Or am I the only crazy one? You have to tape a little more than with large paper sheets, but it works and it’s free!

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2) Reuse gift bags. If I get a really nice gift bag, I save it and reuse it. Tacky? I don’t think so.

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3) Sew a reusable bag. Use scrap fabrics to sew a nice “green” gift wrap. It’s like two gifts in one! I whipped this one up for a friend last summer, tied a ribbon around it, and called it done.

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4) Cookie tins- If your gift is small, use a cookie tin to wrap it. Chances are you’ve already received a few and don’t know what to do with them besides toss them or store them.

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5) Other containers/dishes/etc. Look around for things that can be used for gift presentation in your home. A basket or fabric bin you don’t use anymore. A festive mug that can hold a candle or some hot chocolate mix. Even plastic containers can be prettied up to look festive with a bit of ribbon. The possibilities are endless! We just received a homemade sweet loaf delivered in this pretty dish:

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6) Roll paper art. If you happen to have a long roll of paper sitting around, or your child has an easel like this one, it’s a perfect opportunity to make your own wrapping paper. I used a lot of J’s random paint splashes to wrap our gifts last year. Now that he’s older, we could try stamping paper or using stickers to make it a bit more decorative. Use your imagination!

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There’s probably all sorts of stuff laying around your house that could be used for gift wrap. If you’ve got ribbon scraps, little trinkets, or tiny kids crafts (like homemade snowflakes, for example), you can easily adorn your home-wrapped packages to make them even prettier.

Be creative! How are you wrapping your gifts this year?

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